“Three points is three points” – Jose Mourinho
Chelsea continued their fine start to their Champions League campaign with a solid 1-0 win in Lisbon. Nemanja Matic grabbed the only goal with a looping header to hand all three points to the Blues.
What may have proved surprising was the manner in which the Blues went about their victory, in what was a game that seemingly looked like only a single goal would separate the two, despite Chelsea registering 15 shots throughout the game, 7 of those on target.
Manager Jose Mourinho praised his players and was delighted to get a win, despite Chelsea missing a hat-full of chances.
He told Sky Sports, “Three points is three points.
“We lost two at home and now we have picked up three away from home.”
While Chelsea managed to secure all three points, their Premier League title rivals Manchester City dropped two points at home to Roma, in what proved to be a disappointing night for the Sky Blues, leaving them with just one point after two games.
City have struggled in Europe’s elite competition over the past three seasons and Chelsea’s solid performances and further progression in the competition reflects back negatively on Pellegrini and his men.
However, Manchester City haven’t exactly had the rub of the green in terms of their group opponents. They have been drawn against Bayern Munich for the past two seasons and Borussia Dortmund the season before, not to mention their last sixteen tie against Spanish heavyweights, Barcelona, when they finally made it to the last sixteen last time round.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have had kind Champions League group draws, on paper, for numerous years now and this season suggests no different, with Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Swedish side Maribor making up Group G.
Man City were drawn against CSKA Moscow, Roma and Bayern Munich – a group they are more than capable of getting out of, but after a narrow defeat to Bayern two weeks back and last night’s 1-1 draw with Roma, the campaign to qualify is beginning to seem a difficult task.
However, it was APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus who were given the ‘group of death’, as they were handed a group contained Barcelona, PSG and Ajax. They seem to be holding their own after gaining a 1-1 draw with Ajax, which proves sometimes it’s too early to judge any side in such an illustrious competition.
Chelsea face Swedish side Maribor next at Stamford Bridge and are fully expected to take all three points, solidifying their position at the top of the group. They are over-whelming favourites to progress and with an in-form Diego Costa leading the line, and a team that seems to have instantly gelled taking the Premier League by storm, everything’s looking very bright for Mourinho and his team.
Chelsea take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League at 14:05 on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1.